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Thursday, January 22, 2009
AFC West news and notes


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

• San Diego general manager A.J. Smith had an interesting reaction to LaDainian Tomlinson's message that he wants to stay with the Chargers. Still, I don't take Smith's stance as a telltale sign that the Chargers are going to part ways with Tomlinson.

But I believe Smith is treating it as a serious business decision and he will not allow emotions and sentiment to get in the way. In the end, this is the best approach, because after all, the NFL is a business.

• Former Denver defensive coordinator Bob Slowik is on his way to Detroit. What is most interesting about this is it may be a hint that former Denver coach Mike Shanahan is not going to coach in 2009. Slowik and Shanahan are very close and if Shanahan were close to coming back, Slowik would likely wait until he made a decision.

• Winston Moss comes to Oakland as head coach or he doesn't come at all.

• Meanwhile, the Raiders continue to try to build a coaching staff before they decide on their next head coach. The newest name to surface for an assistant's job is former Rams coach Scott Linehan.

Yes, unless a major development breaks late Thursday night, it seems another day will pass without resolution to the head-coaching situations in both Oakland and Kansas City.